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    1. November 3, 2014

      Notebook: India is a nation in need of a trade deal with itself

      It was easy to calculate road trip times when we lived in the wide open spaces of southern Africa. The rule of thumb was to...

    2. FT Photo Diary

      November 3, 2014

      Fire in Masiphumelele

      Nick Bothma/EPA South African residents of Masiphumelele assist firemen to extinguish a blaze that devastated parts of the...

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    1. October 20, 2014

      Belmond Mount Nelson, Cape Town

      Where: Orange Street Price of an espresso: R25 (£1.40) WiFi: Yes Open: 24 hours Plug sockets: Yes Privacy points: 4/5 In the...

    2. MBA blog

      October 13, 2014

      Reflections on South Africa

      We prepared for months, we contacted companies of all sizes to set up meetings, and finally we travelled thousands of...

    3. September 26, 2014

      A good place to decant: six homes with stylish wine cellars

      Château Soligny, Californie, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, France, €55m Where In Le Californie, an area of hills above the...

    4. September 5, 2014

      Booming film industry boosts South Africa’s economy

      Three gun-toting men leap over obstacles and dash behind houses along a Soweto street that Nelson Mandela once called home....

    5. August 10, 2014

      The Art and Science of Exploration 1768-80, The Queen’s House, Greenwich, UK – review

      It was in the 18th century that art helped Europe fall under the spell of the exotic. The word had formerly evoked nothing...

    6. FT Photo Diary

      July 16, 2014

      Cape Town protest

      Rodger Bosch/AFP People hold placards and shout slogans while marching through Cape Town to protest Israel’s military...

    7. FT Photo Diary

      June 18, 2014

      Eviction restriction

      Nic Bothma/EPA A woman and a child sit at a vacant land in Lwandle, Cape Town, South Africa, following a mass eviction two...

    8. April 27, 2014

      South African opposition in tough fight to convince poor blacks

      A tall sign towers over the rickety tin shacks of Khayelitsha, telling residents that the city of Cape Town is taking an...

    9. March 28, 2014

      Cape Town: World Design Capital 2014

      Alayne Reesberg is quite clear that design isn’t just about the pretty. “It’s much more about the gritty,” says the chief of...

    10. beyondbrics

      March 16, 2014

      The week ahead, March 17-21

      The week ahead in emerging markets: the world will be watching the aftermath of the weekend’s proposed referendum in Crimea....

    11. March 9, 2014

      Blueprints for a better world

      Candlestick holders crafted from roof sheeting; a bucket geyser for heating water; a red plastic chair held together with...

    12. February 7, 2014

      Cautious mood permeates Mining Indaba

      Cape Town in February is when the mining industry takes its annual health check at its biggest conference. At this year’s...

    13. beyondbrics

      February 2, 2014

      The week ahead: Feb 3-7

      The week ahead in emerging markets: PMI manufacturing indices for many major EMs; Thailand elections; ICC to look at...

    14. January 24, 2014

      The Diary: Hedley Twidle

      The novelist Teju Cole visits Cape Town and I am asked to lead a “literary walkabout” of the city in his company for the...

    15. January 17, 2014

      Short cuts: New airline to St Helena; Bhutan marathon

      London Three British Airways pilots are planning to set up their own airline to link London with one of the UK’s remotest...

    16. beyondbrics

      December 13, 2013

      Novartis: looking to get flexible in Africa

      Novartis is bullish on Africa. The company’s chief executive Joseph Jimenez last week assembled his senior executives to...

    17. December 11, 2013

      FT/City Ingenuity Awards runners-up

      Highly commended: Bicycle Empowerment Network The Bicycle Empowerment Network is an expanding chain of sale and repair shops...

    18. September 26, 2013

      Xamissa, Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, Paris – review

      Four singers, a saxophonist and a drummer stand silent in the stippled gloom of the Bouffe du Nord. Beside them, Kyle...

    19. September 20, 2013

      Bodley Head/FT Essay Prize winner Hedley Twidle revisits South Africa’s Highway N2

      The N2 is the longest highway in South Africa. It starts at an intersection near the docks in Cape Town, follows the eastern...

    20. FT Photo Diary

      August 15, 2013

      Window of poverty in Cape town

      Nic Bothma/EPA A child peers from the window of a shack in the flooded settlement of Masiphumelele, Cape Town, South Africa....

    21. beyondbrics

      July 27, 2013

      The Weekender, July 27

      The week in emerging markets, with: our most read stories, five things we have learned, our favourite long reads, image of...

    22. beyondbrics

      July 23, 2013

      Cape Town property: on Russia's radar

      Wealthy Russians buying mansions overseas is hardly new: just see London. Now Cape Town is becoming one of the target...

    23. July 19, 2013

      The Diary: Nicola Barker

      I was sitting at the kitchen table a couple of weeks ago innocently enjoying an especially delicious cauliflower cheese when...

    24. July 5, 2013

      How using the right font on signs adds to a city’s character

      It’s everywhere. In Sydney, Paris, Los Angeles, Cape Town. It’s on buildings, in taxis, on hoardings, and all over your...

    25. July 5, 2013

      High-end homes for cricket fans

      26 Matthew Flinders Place, Burraneer, New South Wales, Australia, A$4.5m ($4.18m) Where: On the Burraneer Peninsula, with...

    26. May 31, 2013

      Hot property: beaches

      Villa Ira, Porto Rotondo, Sardinia, Italy, €9.5m Where In the northeast of the island on the Costa Smeralda. The property...

    27. May 24, 2013

      New role on the cards for Diamond

      Bob Diamond is considering backing a US investment firm started by former colleagues at what used to be Barclays Global...

    28. beyondbrics

      May 10, 2013

      How to get Africa online: 'white space'

      Africa has the lowest internet penetration rate globally, but some of the world’s tech giants think they may have touched a...

    29. beyondbrics

      May 7, 2013

      South African Airways: still got friends

      It may be having a rough time at home, but South African Airways still has friends overseas – and the latest is Etihad...

    30. beyondbrics

      April 19, 2013

      South Africa: private equity eyes distressed assets

      Private equity in Africa is on the up – so it was only a matter of time before investors started looking at the more extreme...

    31. beyondbrics

      April 17, 2013

      Further reading: going down

      Wednesday’s picks from beyondbrics: China’s finance system faces erosion; beyond the Big Four in China; a Cape Town film...

    32. April 16, 2013

      Out of Africa with animation

      There are not many chief executives across Africa who can casually drop a Hollywood star’s name into a conversation about...

    33. April 5, 2013

      The Cape’s crusaders

      As Cape Town prepares to become World Design Capital in 2014 – the year that also marks the 20th anniversary of democracy in...

    34. March 22, 2013

      The Diary: Janan Ganesh

      For my first break in over a year – publishing a book and moving to the FT kept me busy throughout 2012 – I chose to eschew...

    35. beyondbrics

      March 20, 2013

      Tata in Africa: pioneer forges ahead

      President of Cote d'Ivoire When anyone speaks about investment into Africa, China comes to mind. It’s the familiar and...

    36. beyondbrics

      March 15, 2013

      SA budget airlines: bumpy ride ahead?

      1time it flew South Africa’s domestic air travel should be one of Africa’s most lucrative aviation patches. But with a...

    37. March 12, 2013

      Africa’s wealthy revel in luxury labels

      February 2013. Queen Ahneva Adegeye is smiling. Valentine’s day is approaching, and orders are pouring into the Nigerian...

    38. beyondbrics

      March 4, 2013

      London headlines

      * Peña Nieto expands power as reform beckons * New Look to open shops in China * South Africa in good health, says Zuma *...

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